Diversity -- racial, economic and social -- truly exists at Grinnell. It's both an influential and often unnoticed presence on the campus, which I think is a good thing -- although we're all different, you rarely find a social divide as a result of diversity.
Coming here, I've gotten the chance to learn so much about a wide array of cultures and beliefs. One of Grinnell's crowning achievements as it relates to diversity is that 13% of the student body is made of international students. And students are always eager to celebrate their cultures: the Student Organization of Latinos hosts their annual Latin American Festival, the International Student Organization hosts a dinner that features popular foods from around the world and last Sunday the Asian American Association celebrated the Lunar New Year. My favourite representative of the student diversity is the Gallery of Flags that is displayed in the Grill. The 80 or so flags that hang in the Grill are representative of each student's country and this is one of the most unique things about our school.
Diversity at Grinnell makes for a great opportunity to learn from and contribute to the colourful array of students here.